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March is Pets Month at Instructables!

Do you keep animals as pets? Then you've got a pet project, skill, or trick to share.
Our pets need food, a home, and a lot of love. We try to make them comfy and happy, but no matter how many books you read there's a lot to learn from experience.

So what are your tips and tricks for your pets? How do you care for them, make them feel like they're a part of the family, or even just keep them safe and snug? What have you built for your pet?

Share a pet-themed Instructable this month and you could win an Instructables t-shirt or a patch.

Need more inspiration?
"Hide-in-plain-sight" Cat Litterbox
How to remove a tick
Dachshund wheelchair

Since this is a theme month contest we're letting the audience judge!
Vote for as few or as many as you like - it's up to you. We're not including duplicate votes, so please exercise good sportsmanship.

We'll judge based on the standings at noon PST on Friday, April 4 2008 so everyone will have time to check out and vote on even the latest entries. Results will be posted shortly thereafter.


Voting Prize (2): An Instructables robot t-shirt.

Judges Prize (2): An Instructables robot t-shirt.

Random Prize (1): An Instructables robot t-shirt.

Patch Prize (12): An Instructables patch.

How to Enter

- Make an a pet-themed Instructable. Use clear words and pictures so others can repeat your project.
- Enter it into the contest in the publish page or by going to the [/contest/PetsMonth/ contest page] and adding it there.


Only projects posted during the contest period are eligible. If you've already submitted a suitable Instructable, make another version with improvements and submit it to the contest! Post an improved version of someone else's Instructable with a link back to your source of inspiration!

All animals are eligible; people, plants, and rocks are not.

We're looking for neat and creative projects, so let your imagination run wild.

Project Submission Start Date: March 1, 2008.
Project Submission Deadline: 11:59pm PST, Monday March 31, 2008.
Audience Judging Deadline: noon PST, Friday, April 4, 2008.

Fine Print:
You can only win one prize per contest, but may enter as many projects as you like and cross-post to other contests!

International entries are eligible - we're happy to ship prizes abroad.

If you're under 18, go ahead and submit your project - we'll just need your parents' OK if you win.

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GibbonsRock (author)2008-03-06

Rats! I guess I published my <a rel="nofollow" href="">Chameleon Habitat</a> a month too early. (Then again, I started this one for the laser cutter contest, and published it a month too late for that one!)<br/>

Oh, too bad. I bet you have a least one more chameleon Instructable in you, though.

Ahhh, chameleons are so February. Maybe I'll do something on octopuses.


monkey666 (author)GibbonsRock2008-08-03

thanks for making me laugh :)

canida (author)GibbonsRock2008-04-15

Octopuses? Really? Awesome.

bizmarke (author)GibbonsRock2008-03-17

"If you've already submitted a suitable Instructable, make another version with improvements and submit it to the contest" Seems like you can enter it!

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-04-12

I lost. boohoo....

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-03-04

Darn, no pets, just plants. What if they are insectivorous, then do they count?

Aeshir (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-03-13

You can do a plant one: "All animals are eligible; people, plants, and rocks are not."

LinuxH4x0r (author)Aeshir2008-03-13

"people, plants and rocks are not." Sheesh, learn some english grammar- The ; makes it act like a separate sentence (like having a period there)

Aeshir (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-03-13

Jesus, I'm retarded. I can't believe I didn't see that semicolon.

silver912targa (author)2008-03-07

Has anyone an idea on how to automatically open and close the gate of a hen house? I'm not everyday at home, resulting the chickens sleeping in their open hen house where foxes and dogs easily can get in. I've thought of working with the sun (LR), but then when you have a cloudy day the chickens can't get out or worse they can't get in anymore. Maybe 1 of you clever guys or girls have a simple yet good design. Thanks. Michel Portugal

JakeManes (author)2008-03-07

Hmm, I have some good ideas. Maybe somewhere belong the lines of behavior correction, or cat furniture building.

alvincredible (author)2008-03-06

im so glad i at least got a patch in the tools month contest! ill put it on my asb jumpsuit! yeah! i'll be a walking advertisement for instructables!

fishinfool2195 (author)2008-03-06

Totally doin a project on my aquarium!!!!!!!!

Einsteins Circuitry (author)2008-03-06

I'm going to do mine about giving shots to Guinea Pigs and other small rodents. Look for it soon!

Sounds good!

i make shooting things (author)2008-03-04

my instructable makes the cut right i published it on march 1st

never mind its entered- just wanted to make sure. Cause if i was one day early i would have been ticked.

zjharva (author)2008-03-04

yay my family just got an australian shepard puppy.... hes about 4 months old.

fungus amungus (author)zjharva2008-03-04

Those are totally cute and smart. Very smart.

zjharva (author)fungus amungus2008-03-04

thanks! he is really smart. he learned sit, shake and of course what treat means pretty quick

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-04

Awesome! I obviously can't do anything (my puppy has passed away last year)... But maybe I can post an Instructable on how to make your fish float.

Wait, not a good idea.

Aww man, no pet rocks? Darn.

I look forward to seeing the results!

Goodhart's Instructable posted 2 days ago (I think) is allowed in the contest, right?

Sergeant Crayon (author)2008-03-04

Awesome... Simply awesome. There couldn't be a better time to start this, I have an awesome project I've been itchin' to submit!

darth2o (author)2008-03-04

Ok, I might do something about bunnies.

Gjdj3 (author)2008-03-04

Do you keep animals as pets?

Heck yes I do!

Thank you Instructables, the new contests are awesome!

fungus amungus (author)Gjdj32008-03-04

Great, glad you like them. We plan to keep 'em coming.

bumpus (author)2008-03-04

what about a trick they can do?

fungus amungus (author)bumpus2008-03-04

An Instructable about how to teach a pet to do a trick would work.

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